Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Brexit news: Philip Hammond’s Consituency Association have announced his reselection | UK | News


The comes amid news that Boris Johnson will call a general election for 14 October if he loses a crunch vote designed to block a no-deal Brexit in the House of Commons on Tuesday, senior government officials have said. This rebel Brexit bill is being backed by heavyweight Tories like Mr Hammond and David Gauke. Mr Hammond and up to 20 Conservative MPs are expected to join the revolt in order to stop Mr Johnson from carrying out a no deal Brexit.

The Runnymeade and Weybridge Conservatives Association released a statement on their website, it reads: “The Association is pleased to announce the reselection of Philip Hammond.

“Philip has been an excellent MP for Runnymede and Weybridge since 1997, and has retained the overwhelming support of residents, members and the Association Executive throughout that time.

“Despite the focus of national politics, our meeting tonight was not about Brexit or the next two months, but about the selection of our candidate for the next Parliamentary election; and tonight’s vote reflects the confidence members of the Association Executive have in him as our local MP, based on his hard work and commitment to Runnymede and Weybridge over 22 years.”

Tomorrow if the rebellious MPs block a no deal Brexit then the Government is expected to table a motion to hold a general election on 14 October.

Boris Johnson said he did not want an election, but progress with the EU would be “impossible” if they won.

Tory rebels are joining forces with Labour to bring a bill designed to stop the UK leaving the EU on October 31 without an agreement.

Such a bill would force the Prime Minister to request a delay until January 31 2020 in that event.

A senior government official said a motion for an election would be put forward if MPs take the first steps towards passing legislation to block no deal this week.

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“I don’t want an election and you don’t want an election,” he added.

“Let us get on with the people’s agenda, fighting crime, improving the NHS, boosting schools, cutting the cost of living, and unlocking talent and opportunity across the entire United Kingdom.”

The so-called rebel alliance will aim to take control of the Commons order paper from 3pm on Wednesday, to pass a Bill just two pages long, with five clauses, and one schedule.

If the proposed legislation to stop a no deal Brexit can clear all its Commons stages on Wednesday, it will leave Thursday, possibly Friday and through the weekend to get passed through the House of Lords.

The aim is for the bill to have gained royal assent by Sunday night to be assured the law is in place before Mr Johnson prorogues Parliament as early as Monday.

Mr Johnson can also avoid the Bill’s requirements in the highly-unlikely event that MPs vote for a crash-out Brexit in October.

Faced with Mr Johnson’s promise to leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, a number of MPs have come together across party lines to try to prevent the latter outcome.

They are expected to put forward legislation on Tuesday under Standing Order 24, a Commons rule which allows urgent debates to be called.



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